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Up to the Minute Talk: Climate Action Under Oppressive Regimes

Mar 9, 2017 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Location: 
Robertson Hall
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org

In January, President Trump gave the go-ahead for construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. This action, combined with naming fossil fuel supporter Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, signaled the arrival of an administration many fear will not be kind to the environment.

On Thursday, March 9, May Boeve, executive director of the global grassroots climate campaign 350.org, will visit the Woodrow Wilson School.

350.org is an international effort to raise awareness of the need to decrease carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere from >400 parts per million to below 350. 350.org’s online campaigns, grassroots organizing and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by individuals in 188 countries.

The effort focuses on three main goals: keeping carbon in the ground, helping build a new, more equitable low-carbon economy and pressuring governments into limiting emissions. Currently, the initiative is involved in the efforts to stop the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Previously, May Boeve co-founded and helped lead the Step It Up 2007 campaign. Prior to that, she was active in the campus climate movement as a student at Middlebury College. Boeve is the co-author of “Fight Global Warming Now.”

Boeve is visiting the Woodrow Wilson School as part of its Dean’s Innovative Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Initiative.